The Widower

One day I ran into a good friend and fellow foodie who was in town for a visit from London. He had lost his wife to cancer a few years earlier. She was an exceptional wife and mother who conquered life with effortless grace and determination. Whether organizing a dinner party for friends, skiing the Swiss Alps, or hiking Mount Kilimanjaro, she was naturally amazing at everything. Since her passing, her husband has assumed the roles of both mom and dad and has done a phenomenal job raising their teenage son.

On a recent trip to the supermarket, his son asked if they could avoid the microwave food aisle. “Sure,” my friend said. “Let’s go to prepared foods.” I have a feeling this was not what his son meant at all! Knowing how much I love to cook, he admitted to me that while handling what life had dealt him he’s put cooking on the back burner so to speak. He knows he can’t, and doesn’t want to attempt the mouthwatering recipes his wife used to prepare. But he also knows that cooking is another skill that he must acquire so that his son will learn to enjoy an independent, healthy lifestyle. Since my friend has already conquered the running of the bulls and Mount Kilimanjaro with his adventurous wife, gaining some TASTOSTERONE should be a cinch, not an uphill battle.

A great place to start, especially if you have a teenager, is by working together. A panini maker is a fun, fast and foolproof tool to satisfy a hungry teenager’s appetite. Or, a new cook can always start out slowly by just scrambling up some eggs and toasting some bread to get comfortable in the kitchen. Then he can move on to some of my B.Y.O.B. recipes in Chapter 5 and impress himself and his new dinner guests. Just like the baby steps this family needed to take to heal emotionally, they will also need to take the same small steps to enjoy making new memories together, cooking as a family.

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